Zimbabwe vs. South Africa, One-Off Test Day 2: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorAugust 10, 2014

South African batsman Dean Elgar plays a shot during the Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports club, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Zimbabwe scored 256 runs all out  on the second day of the one off test against South Africa in Harare. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press

South Africa made slow progress as they replied to Zimbabwe’s 256 on the second day of the one-off Test in Harare.

The Proteas, who regained top spot in the ICC Test rankings last month, scored at less than 2.5 runs per over as they reached 201-4 at stumps.

Opener Dean Elgar and team-mate Faf du Plessis made patient half-centuries at the Harare Sports Club. Du Plessis was 69 not out at the close, having shared an unbeaten 44-run partnership with Quinton de Kock (27).

South Africa 1st Innings: 201 for 4 (83.1 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Elgar c Mutumbami b Tiripano 61 182 146
Petersen c Mutumbami b Nyumbu 32 87 58
Du Plessisnot out 69 240 187
Amla c Sibanda b Chatara 4 34 27
De Villiersc Sibanda b Nyumbu 7 49 34
De Kocknot out 27 61 48
Extras 1nb 0w 0b 0lb 1
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Panyangara 167 18 0
Tiripano 154 42 1
Nyumbu 244 71 2
Chatara 159 17 1
Williams 13.1 1 53 0

The hosts, ranked ninth of the 10 Test-playing nations, fought bravely to peg back SA, who were 146-2 at tea.

Alviro Petersen (32) was the first man to fall before lunch, caught by wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami off debutant spinner John Nyumbu. Elgar fell late in the afternoon session, having made 61 from 146 balls, with Mutumbami taking a superb one-handed catch to his left off the bowling of another debutant, Donald Tiripano.

The inexperienced hosts removed South Africa captain Hashim Amla in the second over after the adjournment, as he drove Tendai Chatara straight to cover after making four.

Only 11 runs were scored in the next 11 overs, and the pressure told on AB de Villiers as he picked out mid-wicket in an attempt to hit Nyumbu over the top.

Earlier, Dale Steyn picked up the final home wicket to complete his 24th five-wicket haul in Test matches.